Schomburg Center Literary Festival 2022
Schomburg Center Literary Festival 2022
Celebrate Black culture and literature with a day of discussions, workshops, and book signings by some of the most talented writers and influential figures today.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
June 18, 2022 | 10:30 am
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Event details

See below for a full schedule of events.

About the festival

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora celebrates authors of African descent and champions literacy and books across genres to amplify Black history and culture. Festival programming features some of the most talented writers and influential figures in culture today. The festival is built on the foundation created by Arturo Schomburg–encouraging freedom of thought, the relentless pursuit of Black history, and the engagement of our imagination towards our collective freedom.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY

Festival Schedule

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE |  Saturday, June 18
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Langston Hughes Stage
11:00 AM | Reading, An Act of Rebellion and Joy
Opening Celebration
Jason Reynolds (Stunt BoyMiles Morales: Spider-ManPatina, GhostLook Both Ways
Roxane Gay (HungerBad FeministDifficult Women)

12:45 PM | Health and Racism in America
Linda Villarosa, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

2:00 PM | Black Manhattan In and Out of the Archives
Kia Corthron (Moon and the Mars)
Kevin McGruder (Phillip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem)
Moderator: Eric K. Washington

3:15 PM | Embracing Desire, A Debut Author’s Journey
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (Big Girl)
Moderator: Jacqueline Woodson

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Stage
10:30 AM | Woke Baby! Festival
Children’s Author Readings, Live Music, Yoga and Meditation, Bookmark Making, and Author Signings
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Curated and Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne (Chlorine SkyWoke Baby​)

1:00 PM | Literary Monuments, Friendship, and Toni Morrison
A.J. Verdelle (Miss Chloe: A Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison)
Moderator: Tiphanie Yanique (Monster in the Middle: A Novel)
>> Presented in collaboration with The Center for Fiction NEA Big Read. learn more ​

2:15 PM | To Be Brave and in Love
Awaeke Emezi (You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty)
Moderator: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy: A Novel

3:30 PM | Crafting Community in Short Stories
Sidik Fofana (Stories from the Tenants Downstairs)
Ladee Hubbard (The Last Suspicious Holdout: Stories)
Moderator: Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper

Zora Neale Hurston Stage
3:45 PM | Poetry for Our Time
Harold Green III (Black Oak, Black Roses)

Aaron Douglas Reading Room
12:00 PM
Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck)

1:30 PM
Cleyvis Natera (Neruda on the Park: A Novel)

American Negro Theatre
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Workshop: The Art of Creating Historical Fiction
Presented by Harlem Writers Guild & Minnette Coleman

A workshop for those wanting to write historical fiction one way to create their story through research and writing. Pre-Registration and prep suggested. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 21

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Workshop: Intro to Personal Storytelling
Presented by The Moth

Image: illustration by Jennifer Mack Watkins